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2022 Planting Calendar: When to Start Vegetable Seeds | The Old Farmer's Almanac

Planting Calendar for Lake Cowichan, BC

For the Almanac's fall and spring planting calendars, we've calculated the best time to start seeds indoors, when to transplant young plants outside, and when to direct seed into the ground.

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Planting Dates for Spring

On average, your last spring frost occurs on May 2 (at COWICHAN LAKE FORESTRY, BC climate station, elevation 577 feet).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds Outdoors
ArugulaN/AN/AFrost Apr 18-May 2
Moon Apr 19-May 2
BasilFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost May 2-23
Moon May 2- 5, May 19-23
N/A
BeetsN/AN/AFrost Apr 18-May 9
Moon Apr 18, May 6- 9
Bell PeppersFrost Feb 20-Mar 6
Moon Feb 20-Mar 6
Frost May 9-23
Moon May 19-23
N/A
BroccoliFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost Apr 4-25
Moon Apr 4- 5, Apr 19-25
N/A
CabbageFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 4- 5
N/A
CantaloupesFrost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 4- 5
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Mar 28-Apr 11
Moon Apr 6-11
CauliflowerFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost Apr 4-25
Moon Apr 4- 5, Apr 19-25
N/A
CeleryFrost Feb 20-Mar 6
Moon Feb 20-Mar 6
Frost May 9-23
Moon May 19-23
N/A
ChivesN/AN/AFrost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 4- 5
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost May 2-16
Moon May 2- 5
CornN/AN/AFrost May 16-Jun 6
Moon May 19-Jun 3
CucumbersFrost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 4- 5
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
DillN/AN/AFrost May 2-Jun 6
Moon May 2- 5, May 19-Jun 3
EggplantsFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
Fava Beans (Broad Beans)Frost Feb 6-20
Moon Feb 20
Frost Mar 14-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-Apr 4
N/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost May 9-30
Moon May 19-30
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Feb 20-Mar 6
Moon Feb 20-Mar 6
Frost May 9-23
Moon May 19-23
N/A
KaleFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost Apr 4-25
Moon Apr 4- 5, Apr 19-25
N/A
KohlrabiFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-Apr 4
Frost Apr 11-18
N/A
LettuceFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-Apr 4
Frost Apr 18-May 16
Moon Apr 19-May 5
N/A
OkraN/AN/AFrost May 16-30
Moon May 19-30
OnionsN/AN/AFrost Apr 4-25
Moon Apr 6-18
OreganoFrost Feb 20-Mar 21
Moon Feb 20-Mar 7
Frost May 2-23
Moon May 2- 5, May 19-23
N/A
ParsleyN/AN/AFrost Apr 4-18
Moon Apr 4- 5
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Apr 11-May 2
Moon Apr 11-18
PeasN/AN/AFrost Mar 21-Apr 11
Moon Mar 21-Apr 5
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 25-May 16
Moon May 6-16
PumpkinsFrost Apr 11-25
Moon Apr 19-25
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Mar 6-28
Moon Mar 8-20
RosemaryFrost Feb 20-Mar 6
Moon Feb 20-Mar 6
Frost May 9-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
SageFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost May 2-16
Moon May 2- 5
N/A
SpinachN/AN/AFrost Mar 21-Apr 11
Moon Mar 21-Apr 5
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost May 23-Jun 6
Moon Jun 4- 6
Swiss ChardFrost Mar 21-Apr 4
Moon Mar 21-Apr 4
Frost Apr 11-18
N/A
ThymeFrost Feb 20-Mar 21
Moon Feb 20-Mar 7
Frost May 2-23
Moon May 2- 5, May 19-23
N/A
TomatoesFrost Mar 6-21
Moon Mar 6- 7
Frost May 9-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Apr 4-25
Moon Apr 6-18
WatermelonsFrost Apr 4-11
Moon Apr 4- 5
Frost May 16-30
Moon May 19-30
N/A
Winter SquashN/AN/AFrost May 16-Jun 13
Moon May 19-Jun 3
ZucchiniN/AN/AFrost May 16-Jun 13
Moon May 19-Jun 3

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on October 21 (at COWICHAN LAKE FORESTRY, BC climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Start Seeds Indoors by...Plant Seedlings Outdoors by...Start Seeds Outdoors by...
ArugulaN/AN/AFrost Sep 16
BeetsN/AN/AFrost Sep 6
Bell PeppersFrost May 8Frost Jul 3N/A
BroccoliFrost Jul 10Frost Aug 7N/A
CabbageFrost Jun 30Frost Jul 28N/A
CantaloupesN/AN/AFrost Jun 23
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Sep 1
CauliflowerFrost Jul 10Frost Aug 7N/A
CeleryFrost Apr 29Frost Jul 8N/A
CornN/AN/AFrost Jul 13
CucumbersN/AN/AFrost Jul 18
EggplantsFrost May 8Frost Jul 3N/A
Fava Beans (Broad Beans)N/AN/AFrost Aug 22
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Jul 18
Jalapeño PeppersFrost May 28Frost Jul 23N/A
KaleFrost Jul 30Frost Aug 27N/A
KohlrabiN/AN/AFrost Sep 1
LettuceN/AN/AFrost Sep 11
OkraN/AN/AFrost Jul 13
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Jul 18
PeasN/AN/AFrost Aug 17
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Aug 7
PumpkinsN/AN/AFrost Jun 3
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Sep 16
SpinachN/AN/AFrost Sep 26
Sweet PotatoesFrost May 19Frost Jun 23N/A
Swiss ChardN/AN/AFrost Sep 11
TomatoesFrost May 13Frost Jul 8N/A
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Sep 11
WatermelonsN/AN/AFrost Jun 23
Winter SquashN/AN/AFrost Jul 8
ZucchiniN/AN/AFrost Jul 23